Graduate degree programs

Master of Science in alternative energy technology (MS)

Alternative Energy Technology (AET) will dominate Michigan's industrial and technology landscape for the coming decades, as evidenced by the tremendous amount of investment that the federal government, automotive industry and fuel cell manufacturers have committed to advancing a hydrogen-based economy. Wayne State developed a comprehensive set of advanced educational programs to prepare the current and future Michigan workforce for the emerging AET field.

WSU's comprehensive curricula not only prepares our full-time graduate and undergraduate students, but also caters to Michigan's working engineers and scientists, to advance their knowledge and skills for emerging careers in AET. Our ultimate goal is to position Michigan as a primary center for alternative energy education, curriculum research and development.

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Master of Science in biomedical engineering (MS)

The Biomedical Engineering Department at Wayne State University offers Bridge Certificate in Injury Biomechanics, MS, PhD and MD/PhD degrees.  It is involved in some of the most advanced research in the field. Our faculty have made significant contributions to automotive safety and the prevention of sports-related and military injuries. Groundbreaking research is also being conducted in the development of tissue-engineered nerves and heart valves as well as imaging techniques for improved diagnosis of brain injury and cancer. Our research has led to improvement in the standards of the automotive industry, better protective equipment for our soldiers and athletes, new techniques to repair damaged tissue, and improved diagnostic imaging of trauma and disease. 

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Master of Science in chemical engineering (MS)

The graduate program in chemical engineering at Wayne State University is designed to provide students with various opportunities to develop advanced competence in traditional and modern chemical engineering science to solve challenging problems. The program attracts high-quality and enthusiastic students from a variety of backgrounds, such as chemical engineering, (bio)chemistry, biology, polymer engineering and energy engineering. Active research areas include nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy, product and process systems engineering, and sustainable engineering. 

The M.S. in chemical engineering is a research-oriented degree that prepares students for a variety of career paths, and/or a coursework-based degree that provides students with added depth in the technical aspects of the field and breadth through accomplishing elective courses.

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Doctorate of Philosophy in biomedical engineering (Ph.D.)

The Biomedical Engineering Department at Wayne State University offers Bridge Certificate in Injury Biomechanics, MS, PhD and MD/PhD degrees.  It is involved in some of the most advanced research in the field. Our faculty have made significant contributions to automotive safety and the prevention of sports-related and military injuries. Groundbreaking research is also being conducted in the development of tissue-engineered nerves and heart valves as well as imaging techniques for improved diagnosis of brain injury and cancer. Our research has led to improvement in the standards of the automotive industry, better protective equipment for our soldiers and athletes, new techniques to repair damaged tissue, and improved diagnostic imaging of trauma and disease. 

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Master of Science in materials science and engineering (MS)

Wayne State University's graduate program in materials science (M.S. and Ph.D.) offers an outstanding foundation for careers in research, academia and industrial manufacturing. We have a strong focus on the development of novel nanomaterials (polymers and metals) for industrial applications ranging from automotive, medical, electronic and materials for energy-related applications. Broad areas of interests include energy, nanotechnology, nanomedicine, polymer processing, simulations/modeling and biofuels. Students perform research and learn in a collaborative and challenging environment.

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Doctor of Philosophy in chemical engineering (Ph.D.)

The graduate program in chemical engineering at Wayne State University is designed to provide students with various opportunities to develop advanced competence in traditional and modern chemical engineering science to solve challenging problems. The program attracts high-quality and enthusiastic students from a variety of backgrounds, such as chemical engineering, (bio)chemistry, biology, polymer engineering and energy engineering. Active research areas include nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy, product and process systems engineering, and sustainable engineering.

The Ph.D. in chemical engineering is a research-oriented degree that prepares students for independent research careers in industry or academia. 

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Doctor of Philosophy in materials science and engineering (Ph.D.)

Wayne State University's graduate program in materials science (M.S. and Ph.D.) offers an outstanding foundation for careers in research, academia and industrial manufacturing. We have a strong focus on the development of novel nanomaterials (polymers and metals) for industrial applications ranging from automotive, medical, electronic and materials for energy-related applications. Broad areas of interests include energy, nanotechnology, nanomedicine, polymer processing, simulations/modeling and biofuels. Students perform research and learn in a collaborative and challenging environment.

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Master of Science in civil and environmental engineering (MS)

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers graduate students a challenging, state-of-the-art education in the analysis, design and management of civil engineering systems. 

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Master of Science in environmental and sustainability engineering (MS)

The master of science in environmental and sustainability engineering aims to advance environmental engineering and sustainability to enhance human well-being through the development, application, and dissemination of relevant knowledge.

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Doctor of Philosophy with a major in civil engineering (Ph.D.)

The Department offers doctoral programs in all the major areas listed as core specializations under the Master of Science degree: environmental engineering, structures, and transportation. Ph.D. applications are currently not being accepted at this time for geotechnical engineering and construction engineering management.

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Civil engineering and urban sustainability (Ph.D. Dual-Title)

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program in Civil and Environmental Engineering can apply to earn a Ph.D. with a major in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a dual-title in Urban Sustainability. This dual-title degree is designed to prepare professionals to solve challenging urban problems that require working across disciplines. Students enrolled in the dual-title program take courses in topics and develop specific skills relating to urban sustainability. Students in Civil and Environmental Engineering will also conduct an internship or science exchange in Urban Sustainability, help develop and participate in colloquia and seminars, perform community service, and write funding proposals. The dual-title coursework follows competencies outlined by the Transformative Research in Urban Sustainability Training program.

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Master of Science with a major in computer science (MS)

The mission of the M.S. program at the Department of Computer Science at Wayne State University is to instill in our students a strong theoretical background in computer science, to expose them to the various rich disciplines in computer science, and to develop an appreciation for state of the art research. Students build their theoretical background via our core courses of algorithms and automata. Furthermore, students are able to broaden their perspectives by choosing courses from a variety of computer science disciplines including artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, computer game design, computer graphics, computer networking, computer vision, data mining, database management systems, parallel and distributed systems, real-time and embedded systems, and software engineering. Finally, our graduate seminars invite experts from across the country giving our students a taste for state-of-the-art research. By the end of our program, our students are well-equipped and able to pursue further Ph.D. studies as well as careers in industry, government and other organizations.

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Doctor of Philosophy with a major in computer science (Ph.D.)

The mission of the Ph.D. program in the Department of Computer Science at Wayne State University is to prepare students to become leading researchers and educators, both in academia and in industry. First, we expect students to obtain a broad knowledge of computer science by taking graduate-level courses in a variety of sub-areas in computer science, such as artificial intelligence, networking, databases, algorithms, complexity, hardware, human-computer interaction, graphics or bioinformatics. Second, since the Ph.D. is a scholarly degree, a core objective of the program is to prepare computer science professionals who are able to conduct research of exceptional quality. By working closely with a faculty advisor, a Ph.D. student is expected to develop a research project in one of the several sub-disciplines of computer science supported by the department. In addition, the departmental research laboratories possess state-of-the-art computational resources that enable students to tackle a wide range of computationally intensive problems as part of a research team. Upon completion of the Ph.D. program, a student will be able to pursue a career as a computer science professional in academic research, computer science education, industrial applications and related management positions. 

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Master of Science in data science and business analytics (MS)

The Master of Science in Data Science and Business Analytics is a novel interdisciplinary degree program that leverages the strengths of Wayne State in machine learning, statistics, operations research, advanced computing, and business by combining the world-class expertise of the College of Engineering and the Mike Ilitch School of Business.  This program can be completed in one-year by students committed nearly full-time to the program and two-years for part-time students. By blending the strengths of these nationally ranked programs, graduates will learn to integrate skills in a unique and interdisciplinary way that yields deep insights into data science and business analytics problems.

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Master of Science in electric-drive vehicle engineering (MS)

Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering (EVE) is an interdisciplinary program that includes faculty from the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. This program was established in 2009, and developed in close cooperation with governmental agencies, industry, and the U.S. Department of Energy. The program's goal is to prepare students for advanced competence in emerging vehicle electrification, on-board energy storage, and driving autonomy. It attracts students from a variety of engineering backgrounds, such as automotive, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering.  Active research areas include battery pack, connected and autonomous vehicles, electrified powertrain architectures, and vehicle power management. The M.S. in Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering prepares students for a variety of career paths in automotive industry, component suppliers, batteries and energy storage systems, etc. 

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Master of Science in computer engineering (MS)

The Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate program offers one of the broadest curricula within the college, with courses spanning a wide range of sub-disciplines.  To focus their efforts, graduate students may consider selecting courses based on an area of concentration.

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Master of Science in electrical engineering (MS)

The Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate program offers one of the broadest curricula within the college, with courses spanning a wide range of sub-disciplines.  To focus their efforts, graduate students may consider selecting courses based on an area of concentration. 

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Doctor of Philosophy in computer engineering (Ph.D.)

The Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate program offers one of the broadest curricula within the college, with courses spanning a wide range of sub-disciplines.  To focus their efforts, graduate students may consider selecting courses based on an area of concentration.

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Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering (Ph.D.)

The Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate program offers one of the broadest curricula within the college, with courses spanning a wide range of sub-disciplines.  To focus their efforts, graduate students may consider selecting courses based on an area of concentration.

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Professional Engineering Management Master's Program (EMMP)

*Ford Motor Company only*

For more than 20 years, Wayne State University has provided a world-class education to Ford Motor Company through its signature program, the Engineering Management Master's Program (EMMP). Designed for engineers with high potential on the path to leadership, the program began with the idea that future leadership would require a wide range of business and engineering skills to be globally competitive. Graduates earn a Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) degree from Wayne State University. The program prepares experienced engineers for progressive responsibility within the technical arena, developing them as leaders and change agents. A special emphasis is placed on cultivating knowledge and skills that students can use immediately. Following two years of course work, students execute team-based leadership projects over the final year of the program. These projects serve as a capstone to the EMMP educational experience. Students take corporate priorities and translate them into high-visibility projects, providing immediate impact to the student and company.

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Master of Science in engineering management (MS)

The M.S. degree program in engineering management is designed to build both technical competence and business acumen. The program builds understanding and skills critical to the support of fast-to-market strategies, which also guarantee product quality and cost minimization. A systematic analytical framework is developed and coupled with tools for managing the engineering and technical functions within manufacturing-based companies.

This cross-disciplinary program draws from the expertise of the College of Engineering and School of Business Administration and develops the engineering leader who is responsible for designing and implementing strategies to successfully compete in the 21st century.

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Master of Science in industrial engineering (MS)

The M.S. program in industrial engineering is built on a core designed to provide breadth of experience in systems modeling, analysis, and applications common in industrial engineering and operations analysis.

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Master of Science in manufacturing engineering (MS)

The M.S. degree program in manufacturing engineering is built on a core designed to provide a firm foundation in the various elements of manufacturing and systems engineering. Building on this preparation, the student constructs a concentration in one of the following five areas:

  • General option
  • Thesis option
  • Advanced manufacturing systems
  • Qualtiy engineering
  • SMART manufacturing systems

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Doctor of Philosophy in industrial engineering (Ph.D.)

The faculty and students conduct research in most areas of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering and bring annually more than $3 million in federal, state and industrial research grants. The department has a rich history of conducting research with strong emphasis on addressing "real world" problems. This is attributed mostly to our prime location (in Southeast Michigan, the epicenter of U.S. automotive industry) as well as recruitment of faculty with substantial industry and consulting experience.

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Doctor of Philosophy - Global Executive Track (GET)

The GET Ph.D. program is based on the expectation that you, learning partner, will develop the ability to think intensely and critically about problems confronting an organization, a community, a nation and the world. Through conceptually modeling these problems, assessing and modifying the assumptions underlying the models, testing assumptions empirically and applying modes of thought drawn from many disciplines, you will draw conclusions and propose solutions based on the results your research generates.

Our curricula and coursework provide a foundation for conducting rigorous research and practicing evidence-based management. Courses are interrelated theoretically and methodologically and prepare you to bring academic, theoretical and empirical perspectives to take on problems that you face in your organization or in public policy advocacy.

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Master of Science in engineering technology (MS)

The master's degree in engineering technology (MSET) is designed to provide graduate education to engineering technology baccalaureate degree holders and to prepare them for performing more sophisticated and independent tasks in a technical workplace. Graduates of this program have been employed in such areas as manufacturing engineering, production engineering, maintenance, marketing, quality control, product testing, field engineering, design, technical supervision, and more. 

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Master of Science in mechanical engineering (MS)

The mechanical engineering curriculum is designed to prepare graduate students in many applied fields, including such important areas as energy conversion, combustion engines, emissions controls, vehicle dynamics and design, machine tool design, biomechanics, manufacturing, structural analysis, automatic controls, continuum mechanics, fluid dynamics, acoustics and noise control, laser diagnostics, composite materials, and emerging areas in fuel cells and alternative energy, micro- and nano-science.

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest and most versatile fields of the engineering profession. The opportunities and challenges in mechanical engineering are diverse and virtually unlimited. The broad variety of career possibilities includes research and development, design analysis and synthesis, manufacturing and production engineering, testing and sales engineering, maintenance and administration.

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Doctor of Philosophy in mechanical engineering (Ph.D.)

The mechanical engineering curriculum is designed to prepare graduate students in many applied fields, including such important areas as biomechanics, energy conversion, combustion engines, emissions controls, machine tool design, manufacturing, computer graphics, structural analysis, automatic controls, vehicle dynamics and design, continuum mechanics, fluid dynamics, environmental design, mechanisms, acoustics and noise control, laser diagnostics and composite materials. Faculty members in the department are currently engaged in state-of-the-art research in all of these areas. Specialized areas of research support for graduate students include: manufacturing processes, composite material behavior, combustion, acoustics and noise control, vibrations, laser diagnostics, biomechanics, control of mechanical systems, sheet metal stamping, and engine research.

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Master of Science in robotics (MS)

The new M.S. program in robotics will deliver critical industry-driven, hands-on learning content to students looking to join an emergent workforce of technologists and automation specialists. It is part of the College of Engineering's ongoing strategy to present a broader set of degrees and certificates focused on autonomous driving, connectivity, smart infrastructure and electrification. Students can choose from three concentration tracks, each delivered by different departments within the college — industrial automation (engineering technology), intelligent control (electrical and computer engineering), and smart mobility (computer science). All three tracks will have a common 10-credit core requirement.

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